Thursday, October 29, 2009

Build-A-Bear

It's a birthday tradition to take the birthday girl to BaB. Part of the deal is that we go alone and said kid gets all the time she needs to pick her perfect new friend. I finally took Grace last Friday... only a week and a half late, lol.

Oh, did she have a hard time choosing!
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She kept walking along that wall of unstuffed animals, picking up the owl, snuggling the snazzy kitty, growling with the wolf.
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Until finally, she chose the horse! This surprised me since she usually picks the WWF choice (which would have been the wolf this year, but she said he looked mean...).
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Time to stuff...
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... make a wish...
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and drop in the heart.
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Meet Rocky! Isn't he cute? He has the shaggiest mane and tail!
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Of course he needed some stylish clothes. This took forever. But I kept quiet. AND I will bribe her with this next time I'm in a clothing store and need more time, lol.
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Then we realized that we were the only people left in the store and that they pulled down the rolling gate (or whatever you call it). Oopsy! We overstayed our welcome!!

Grace hurried through the sign-in. This usually takes a long time too, due to the name picking. But she came up with Rocky fast and went with it. Good girl.
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I like how she put Rocky up to see the computer screen ;-).
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And we're out!
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

I Heart Faces * Week 42 * Halloween Dress-Up

Grace had a fun halloween themed birthday party last weekend and one of the games was to mummify each other with toilet paper. It was such a blast to watch!!

So here's my daughter Erina, all mummied up in tp =). And some nice person actually put her glasses on too, lol!

I don't know if I will be disqualified, because you can't see her entire face... but I don't care. This picture makes me laugh and it is halloween dress-up to me!

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Pumpkin Patch

I dragged my children to a local pumpkin patch today. They really didn't want to go! See, if it was up to them, they would spend the entire weekend in their pajamas, happily playing together with their toys. That's what they did all Saturday. That's what they did all Sunday morning. I knew I had to get them out. And I mean, Halloween is next weekend and we just HAVE to visit a pumpkin patch, right?

First we made our way through the corn maze. Erina was in charge of the map... but we didn't find the witches hut until Grace took over. Erina must have gotten my keen sense of direction =).
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Then they climbed the big straw mountain. Grace was having fun at this point ;-).
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Finally they each picked a pumpkin. They look thrilled, don't they? :D
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My two pumpkins =)
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Erina just wasn't into it. I still got a pretty picture of her though... I love how the sun shines on her.
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And another cute one of Grace... just because.
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I hope you all had more fun during your pumpkin outings this weekend!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Loves Me Not Clothing Co.

Grace and I had our first gig. YAY!

We had the pleasure to take some pictures for Loves Me Not Clothing's holiday line "Noel". Amy is the owner of Loves Me Not Clothing and is simply super sweet. If you have a little girl, check out her site! I promise, you will fall in love immediately :-). I can highly recommend her lap dresses, they are beautiful and according to Grace very, very comfy.

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More from this shoot later :-). I have a bunch of typical funny Grace moments to share.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I Heart Faces * Week 41 * PINK

In honor of breast cancer awareness month the i ♥ faces contest this week is pink.

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I knew right away which picture I would enter. Meet my mom, she's a breast cancer survivor. She found a lump in her breast in late 2004, but didn't say a word to anybody. It had been a year of loss for our family with my grandmother and uncle passing. She just couldn't handle the thought of cancer, she thought she might be next on the list to die. By early 2005 she realized this lump was not going away and she had to deal with it.

You have to know that I live far, far away from my parents. I'm in California, they are in Switzerland.

Imagine how I felt when my dad called me with the news that my mom was in the hospital having surgery to have a lump removed. I wanted to drive to the airport and board the next plane. But my dad told me to wait, that there was nothing for me to do, that I could be supportive from far away. Goodness, it was a hard time for all of us. I talked to my mom everyday, her spirits were up, she has fighter blood :-).

It's been 4 1/2 years since then and my mom is a happy, healthy person. She beat the cancer. She still has a check-up every six months and so far so good. Let's hope it will stay that way.

Here's a picture of my mom with my girls, taken this summer. Breast cancer survivor AND wearing a pink tee! Double pink for me!
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Grace is EIGHT!!

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My baby turned eight yesterday! I have a hard time believing it! EIGHT!!! That's old, big kid kind of old. I know I must sound like a broken record. Birthdays are hard on me, I just don't want my girls to grow up.

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G goodhearted, gorgeous, goofy
R radiant, rebellious, real
A awesome, agile, adorable
C cheeky, cuddly, chatty
E eager, energetic, easy-going

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She loved all her presents, opened them up REAL fast.
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Birthday kids always get to choose what restaurant they would like to go to. We all knew what she would pick... it's been the same place for years :-). SUSHI.
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Then it was time for her birthday cookie!!!
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Ah, it was a good day... a very good day, indeed.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Celebrity Look-Alikes

This is hilarious!!



I heart Faces * Week 40 * EXCITED

Here is my Grace's excited face... just before she's about to burst :-).

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Our busy Saturday

It was an odd kind of Saturday. We were all busy in different places... well, except for Grace and myself, we stuck together.

Brian went to Monterey to some car race... I honestly have no clue about these "guy" things, lol. Erina spent most of the day with her friend Brittney. They went to the fire station and she got to pet a police dog (that's all the information I received from a pooped girl).

Grace had to attend a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. I wasn't looking forward to it... I pretty much loathe that place. But it turns out that sometimes dreaded places can be better than expected. And today, that was the case. First of all Chuck E. Cheese wasn't crowded (maybe due to the economy???), second of all I had fun taking pictures of Grace & her BFF.

I mean, how cute are they???
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Totally adorable, right? I know I'm biased... but goodness, they are just so beautiful!
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They were totally cheesin' for that picture machine :D
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Except when they had to wait for the picture to print... empty stare, I love it!
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They have so much fun together, no matter where they go.
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Lots of laughing... the big kind, if you know what I mean.
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On our way home, we saw a big sign on the side of the road saying "HORSE FAIR". Mhhh... we just had to check it out! It was out at Rush Ranch, one of my favorite places around here!! Ha, funny... I went to the worst & best place in town today!

We spent a good hour petting horses and talking to volunteers. Turns out they need people... might just be something for us, helping community and getting Grace close to horses. Swat two flies, right?
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Grace's view... turned out lovely, if I say so myself.
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And you know me, I just have to get a picture of her outfit in here somewhere! She looked so cool in this mix of brands... very unlike me, but she picked it out herself and it all matches.
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She loves this flower clip. She kept it in all day and almost went to sleep with it, lol.
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That's it for today! I hope your Saturday was just as eventful as ours!